The Monster Under Her Bed
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routheboat 17 | poetry and flash fiction
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everyone used to call them monsters | for the monsters under the bed contest | a/n: i realized that i already had a story about the theme so i decided to do a different take on it

The Monster Under Her Bed

When he was still seven years old, he sneaked into his parents' room every night.

When he was still seven years old, he sneaked into his parents' room every night. The room was dark, but the light of the lamp and the shine of the moon from the window was enough.

When he was still seven years old, he sneaked into his parents' room every night. The room was dark, but the light of the lamp and the shine of the moon from the window was enough. He tiptoed towards the bed and to the drawer. This was the hard part.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open. He made sure to be as quiet as possible in fear of waking up the adults.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open. He made sure to be as quiet as possible in fear of waking up the adults. The wood creaked a little bit.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open. He made sure to be as quiet as possible in fear of waking up the adults. The wood creaked a little bit. He flinched.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open. He made sure to be as quiet as possible in fear of waking up the adults. The wood creaked a little bit. He flinched. But thankfully that didn't seem to interrupt their slumber.

With his tiny young hands he pulled one of the drawers open. He made sure to be as quiet as possible in fear of waking up the adults. The wood creaked a little bit. He flinched. But thankfully that didn't seem to interrupt their slumber. He smiled widely at the treasure he found.

Mommy's own makeup.

Mommy's own makeup. He grabbed as much as he could. She wouldn't know anyways.

Mommy's own makeup. He grabbed as much as he could. She wouldn't know anyways. His mom always stayed at home so she didn't need to put on makeup often.

Mommy's own makeup. He grabbed as much as he could. She wouldn't know anyways. His mom always stayed at home so she didn't need to put on makeup often. Since his hands were full, he used his arm to push the drawer close.

Mommy's own makeup. He grabbed as much as he could. She wouldn't know anyways. His mom always stayed at home so she didn't need to put on makeup often. Since his hands were full, he used his arm to push the drawer close. He dashed out his parents' bedroom and into his own.

That had been his routine every time the moon rose to the sky.

That had been his routine every time the moon rose to the sky. To sneak into his parents' bedroom and take all the things he needed.

That had been his routine every time the moon rose to the sky. To sneak into his parents' bedroom and take all the things he needed. Sometimes it would be clothes a little bit too large for him, mommy's old jewelry, and even scraps from some of his dad's projects.

That had been his routine every time the moon rose to the sky. To sneak into his parents' bedroom and take all the things he needed. Sometimes it would be clothes a little bit too large for him, mommy's old jewelry, and even scraps from some of his dad's projects. But what does he need it for?

He closed the bedroom door and locked it so that no one could peek inside.

He closed the bedroom door and locked it so that no one could peek inside. He rummaged through his toy box and pulled out a dome shaped toy peppered with stars on its surface.

He closed the bedroom door and locked it so that no one could peek inside. He rummaged through his toy box and pulled out a dome shaped toy peppered with stars on its surface. He placed it on his desk.

He closed the bedroom door and locked it so that no one could peek inside. He rummaged through his toy box and pulled out a dome shaped toy peppered with stars on its surface. He placed it on his desk. He smiled as he inspects the new treasure he found in his parents' drawer.

He was so excited to put these on already but he had to stop himself because he forgot something.

He was so excited to put these on already but he had to stop himself because he forgot something. Clothes.

He was so excited to put these on already but he had to stop himself because he forgot something. Clothes. How could he forget? His work would definitely smudge if he puts on the makeup first.

He was so excited to put these on already but he had to stop himself because he forgot something. Clothes. How could he forget? His work would definitely smudge if he puts on the makeup first. He grabs his handy flashlight and crouches under his bed.

He was so excited to put these on already but he had to stop himself because he forgot something. Clothes. How could he forget? His work would definitely smudge if he puts on the makeup first. He grabs his handy flashlight and crouches under his bed. The light lands on a pile of colorful clothing.

He used his dad's bright orange gym shorts that he never used because he hated the color as a makeshift dress.

He used his dad's bright orange gym shorts that he never used because he hated the color as a makeshift dress. He wore his mother's yellow shirt as some sort of wig. His short brown hair was now replaced with beautiful blonde hair.

He used his dad's bright orange gym shorts that he never used because he hated the color as a makeshift dress. He wore his mother's yellow shirt as some sort of wig. His short brown hair was now replaced with beautiful blonde hair. Finally, he wore his favorite rainbow socks.

He did some finishing touches to his outfit by wearing some bracelets and necklaces, even taped on some earrings.

He did some finishing touches to his outfit by wearing some bracelets and necklaces, even taped on some earrings. Now he could finally do his makeup.

He did some finishing touches to his outfit by wearing some bracelets and necklaces, even taped on some earrings. Now he could finally do his makeup. He put on red lipstick and lip gloss. He smacked his lips together just like his mom did.

He gave himself a pink blush, then some eyeliner. He had to admit, it was quite messy.

He gave himself a pink blush, then some eyeliner. He had to admit, it was quite messy. But he felt good, and that's all that mattered.

He gave himself a pink blush, then some eyeliner. He had to admit, it was quite messy. But he felt good, and that's all that mattered. One last glance on the mirror, and he declared himself ready.

He gave himself a pink blush, then some eyeliner. He had to admit, it was quite messy. But he felt good, and that's all that mattered. One last glance on the mirror, and he declared himself ready. She turned on the dome and the room was filled with glowing multicolored stars.

She pranced around the room and hummed to herself a tune.

She pranced around the room and hummed to herself a tune. Her audience, composed of stuffed animals, seemed to be entertained.

She pranced around the room and hummed to herself a tune. Her audience, composed of stuffed animals, seemed to be entertained. While she danced, she imagined herself grown up.

She pranced around the room and hummed to herself a tune. Her audience, composed of stuffed animals, seemed to be entertained. While she danced, she imagined herself grown up. A big stage with hundreds of people, all watching her sing and dance.

She pranced around the room and hummed to herself a tune. Her audience, composed of stuffed animals, seemed to be entertained. While she danced, she imagined herself grown up. A big stage with hundreds of people, all watching her sing and dance. Her big dream.

But eventually the show has to end, and he needed to get back into her old clothes.

But eventually the show has to end, and he needed to get back into her old clothes. Her old identity.

But eventually the show has to end, and he needed to get back into her old clothes. Her old identity. He wiped the makeup off his face and changed back into his 'own' pajamas.

But eventually the show has to end, and he needed to get back into her old clothes. Her old identity. He wiped the makeup off his face and changed back into his 'own' pajamas. His stuff shoved back under his bed once again.

But eventually the show has to end, and he needed to get back into her old clothes. Her old identity. He wiped the makeup off his face and changed back into his 'own' pajamas. His stuff shoved back under his bed once again. The stars still covered the walls, as he hoped that maybe his dream would come true.

One day his parents found out his other self from under the bed.

One day his parents found out his other self from under the bed. They were furious.

One day his parents found out his other self from under the bed. They were furious. They treated his true self like a monster.

One day his parents found out his other self from under the bed. They were furious. They treated his true self like a monster. They took away all his clothes and the makeup he found and hid it away.

"You're not a girl, you're a boy." His parents told him.

"You're not a girl, you're a boy." His parents told him. "You shouldn't wear skirts and dresses, that's for girls."

"You're not a girl, you're a boy." His parents told him. "You shouldn't wear skirts and dresses, that's for girls." All those "don't"s and "shouldn't"s when all he wanted was to be himself:

"You're not a girl, you're a boy." His parents told him. "You shouldn't wear skirts and dresses, that's for girls." All those "don't"s and "shouldn't"s when all he wanted was to be himself: To be herself.

He spent the next years of his life keeping away the true part of himself.

He spent the next years of his life keeping away the true part of himself. Trying to be a 'he' when they really were a 'she'.

He spent the next years of his life keeping away the true part of himself. Trying to be a 'he' when they really were a 'she'. Until a new family moved in next door.

He spent the next years of his life keeping away the true part of himself. Trying to be a 'he' when they really were a 'she'. Until a new family moved in next door. It was a family that differed from what he thought was a family.

He spent the next years of his life keeping away the true part of himself. Trying to be a 'he' when they really were a 'she'. Until a new family moved in next door. It was a family that differed from what he thought was a family. They wondered why their family had two dads instead of a father and a mother.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with him.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with her.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with her. The child watched from a distance as their neighbors played with their own little boy on their backyard.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with her. The child watched from a distance as their neighbors played with their own little boy on their backyard. It wasn't any different from any other family.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with her. The child watched from a distance as their neighbors played with their own little boy on their backyard. It wasn't any different from any other family. That's when he realized that he wasn't as different as them.

Their parents didn't seem to approve of the new neighbors. Just like they did with her. The child watched from a distance as their neighbors played with their own little boy on their backyard. It wasn't any different from any other family. That's when she realized that she wasn't as different as them.

He passed by his neighbor's house and spotted one of the fathers sitting by the porch.

He passed by his neighbor's house and spotted one of the fathers sitting by the porch. Gathering up his courage, he approached him.

He passed by his neighbor's house and spotted one of the fathers sitting by the porch. Gathering up his courage, he approached him. "Can I be happy just like you?" He asked.

He passed by his neighbor's house and spotted one of the fathers sitting by the porch. Gathering up his courage, he approached him. "Can I be happy just like you?" He asked. There was a look of pity on the neighbor's face, then he answered. "Yes, if you let you love yourself."

"Can I have a family just like yours?"

"Can I have a family just like yours?" "Yes, yes you can."

"Can I have a family just like yours?" "Yes, yes you can." And that was the point where the boy decided that they were a girl all along.

"Can I have a family just like yours?" "Yes, yes you can." And that was the point where the boy decided that they were a girl all along. There was no 'he' anymore, just 'she'.

"Can I have a family just like yours?" "Yes, yes you can." And that was the point where the boy decided that they were a girl all along. There was no 'he' anymore, just 'she'. She started to embrace the "monster" under her bed.

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